Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA)
An IDVA is a named professional case worker for domestic abuse victims whose primary purpose is to address the safety of ‘high risk’ victims and their children.
Serving as a victim’s main point of contact, IDVAs normally work with their clients from the point of crisis to assess the level of risk, discuss the range of suitable options and develop coordinated safety plans.
IDVAs are pro-active in implementing safety plans, which include practical steps to protect victims and their children, as well as longer-term solutions.
IDVAs offer independent support and work over the short- to medium-term to put victims on the path to long-term safety.